Established in the early 1960’s, Thousand Oaks is a master-planned community which has honored the values of preserving open space for future generations. With homes ranging from suburban tract-style to large mansions and ranchettes, riders on horses along the some of the trails adjoining the neighborhood roads are not an uncommon sight. Rancho Sierra Vista National Park has 150,000 acres in the foothills of chaparral and grasslands that remain dotted with indigenous oak trees for the avid hiker and mountain biker. Many other regional and state parks make up the open space and recreational opportunities here, including Wildwood Regional Park, where kids and adults can take an easy to moderate hike to Paradise Falls.
Many families find that Thousand Oaks is great place to raise kids, with top-rated public schools in the Conejo Valley Unified School District, plentiful private and parochial school options, and home to California Lutheran University with Cal State University at Channel Islands nearby. Soccer clubs, youth basketball leagues, and Little League are just some of the sports choices available. In addition to schools and sports, Thousand Oaks is consistently rated as one of the “Top 10 Safest Cities in America” by the FBI. Major employers include Amgen, Dole Food, Baxalta, Anthem, and Los Robles Hospital.
There is no need to drive to Los Angeles for first-rate entertainment. The Bank of America Performing Arts Center at the Civic Arts Plaza is one of the largest performing arts centers in the state. With both the 1800 and 400 seat theatres, stellar headliners run the spectrum from the contemporary to the classic, including symphony, musical theatre, ballet, and award-winning children’s programming.
Retail and boutique stores, including Nordstrom and other top retailers, can be found at the Oaks Mall, at Janss Marketplace, and at The Lakes which has a playground, duck ponds, and waterfalls along with an annual wintertime skating rink which is open through the holidays. Fine-dining establishments have made a home here, and the many local cafes and restaurants create a myriad of dining and entertainment choices.
With a Mediterranean climate cooled by ocean breezes that find their way through the canyons, Thousand Oaks has it all – the perfect place to call home.